If you expect every bit as much out of your equipment as you expect out of yourself, then XTR needs to be on your bike. Shimano's XTR components don’t just ask to be pushed to the limits, they demand it. Shimano's XTR Shadow Rear Derailleur comes to the game with super-light, cold forged-aluminum and carbon. It's strong spring keeps the body stable even when you're blasting through rough sections. The famously smooth, linear feel is still present, delivering precise shifts every time no matter what gear you're in. Plus, the Shadow design of this trick derailleur features direct cable routing while its low profile barely protrudes past the quick-release nut. These features mean there's much less risk of striking and damaging the derailleur or snagging the cable on roots or rocks.